James Edward Carey

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
15 February 1946 - 21 April 1967
Altoona, Pennsylvania
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James E. Carey

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for James Edward Carey

28 Oct 2001

Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if
they have ever made a difference in the world, but the

Marines don't have that problem.
-- Ronald Reagan --

Semper Fidelis

A memorial from one who remembers.
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24 Jun 2004

I attended Jimmy's (my cousin) funeral in 1967 and it affected me deeply. I'm trying to find information on Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment and what happened that day (April 21, 1967) in Binh Son. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

From a cousin,
Bruce G. Clark

21 Apr 2005

I am James's cousin.
I was named after him.
I am really proud to have this name -

James Michael Carey

19 Jun 2006

I am Patricia (Clark) Todovich, a cousin of James "Jimmy" Carey. I attended his funeral. I was 15 years old at the time (my younger brother Bruce, who also posted here, would have been 10 years old). I will always remember that day. Almost exactly 10 years later, in 1977, I received a Direct Appointment as an Officer of the US Army. I was the only member of my own family to serve in the military. I worked with many Vietmam Vets during my service and was proud to serve with them and grateful for lessons they were willing to share with me. I always would tell them about my cousin, James. I received an honorable discharge with the rank of Major, Ordnance Branch, and served on active duty during the first Gulf War. I am now classified as a disabled veteran and receive care through my local VA clinic. I wish I had gotten to know my cousin Jimmy better. I recenty did a watercolor painting and donated it to the local VA clinic on behalf of all of my brothers and sisters in arms. It symbolizes how we active and former service members are all conncected; whether living or passed over and in all states of physical and emotional condition. We lean on each other and support each other. The title is "All Connected". God Bless you, Jimmy.

Patricia Todovich

17 Dec 2006

I don't know you nor have I ever until this day. It is heart-wrenching to see what others have written for you and how it has affected them. I can't express how much you'll be missed ... even though I have never known you before. You will be remembered...

Ian Nevada Inocencio

26 Jun 2007

I would just like to express my sympathy for your loss. Uvaldo Sanchez from Albuquerque, New Mexico, was my uncle. I am grateful for the information on how he lost his life. I follow in his footsteps with a military carreer of my own. You will never be forgotten.

Wilford Uvaldo Griego

22 Dec 2007

I served as an altar boy at Jim's funeral at Saint Winifred Church. His brother Tom was in school a year behind me. At age 17 I volunteered to be a Corpsman, to help fallen Marines like Jim and so many others who we lost. I have been a paramedic ever since that time. My son is in Afghanistan now, a combat medic with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne.

Mike Tragesser
San Francisco, California

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, manned an outpost on a hill at Nui Loc Son, running daily (and nightly) patrols to deny the valley below to the enemy.

On 21 Apr 1967, most of the company set out on a daylight patrol that took them into the village of Binh Son. As the Marines approached across the rice paddies they were ambushed by a dug-in VC Main Force battalion that enjoyed a clear line of fire across level land with little cover ... Fox 2/1 had run into a hornet's nest. Fourteen Marines were killed and 18 others wounded early in the fight, which continued until other elements of the 1st Marines and the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, arrived and flanked the VC from their fortifications.

By the time Fox 2/1 was relieved they had lost 28 men - 29, actually, including artillery Forward Observer Corporal Eddie Austin (B Btry, 1/11 Marines). India and Mike Companies, 3/1 Marines, lost 13 more as they cleared Binh Son. Fox 2/1's dead were

  • 2ndLt James H. Shelton, Hominy, OK
  • GySgt Roger D. Hamilton, Baltimore, MD (MIA/BNR)
  • SSgt Edward D. Gould, Batesville, AR
  • Sgt Thomas A. Arredondo, Fresno, CA
  • Cpl Gary R. Hartman, Newport, NY
  • Cpl James J. Owens, Woodside, NY
  • LCpl Vincent J. Benegas, Riverside, CA
  • LCpl Byron D. Bonds, Evansville, IN
  • LCpl Rodney A. Breedlove, Alkol, WV
  • LCpl James E. Carey, Altoona, PA
  • LCpl John L. Davis, Conemaugh, PA
  • LCpl Gary D. Grimes, Houston, TX
  • LCpl Lanny R. Krage, Columbia, SD
  • LCpl Larry C. Pettaway, Dayton, OH
  • LCpl Uvaldo Sanchez, Albuquerque, NM
  • LCpl Ralph E. Scheib, Rochester, NY
  • Pfc Ronald M. Boley, New Lexington, OH
  • Pfc Benjamin Bunn, Washington, DC
  • Pfc Ronald R. Cormier, Portsmouth, NH
  • Pfc Edward T. Egan, Roslindale, MA
  • Pfc Sammy G. Evans, Hampton, AR
  • Pfc Thomas J. Holtzclaw, Atlanta, GA
  • Pfc William D. Hunt, Birmingham, AL
  • Pfc Gary W. Martini, Portland, OR (Medal of Honor)
  • Pfc Maurice J. O'Callaghan, Iselin, NJ
  • Pfc Eugene A. Pastrovich, Walshville, IL
  • Pfc Dennis W. Pawlowicz, Duluth, MN
  • Pfc Christopher Podmaniczky, St Louis, MO

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 28 Oct 2001
Last updated 02/06/2008